Category: Shari’s Corner

All Shook Up a fun and funny musical for the whole family

All Shook Up a fun and funny musical for the whole family

August 5, 2015 | Comments (0)

There’s a nervous energy in the audience before All Shook Up starts. Everyone has a favorite Elvis song, even the teenagers attending the show. A lot pre-show conversation centers on the music, which is clearly the draw. Immediately after the tremendous opening number, the audience settled in for an enjoyable ride. The multi-layered performances let […]

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Beaches a perfect GNO

Beaches a perfect GNO

July 31, 2015 | Comments (0)

Our daughters found themselves ending fifth grade in a fight with one of their best friends over something a classmate said. Her mom said the same thing I said, “Lots of things in life come and go, but your best girlfriends are so precious.” Even though our girls are young, it’s a sentiment we both […]

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Key Lime Cove an easy drive to a tropical destination

Key Lime Cove an easy drive to a tropical destination

July 7, 2015 | Comments (0)

After a long, rainy softball season, our girls were ready to have some summer fun. Fortunately, we were invited to visit Key Lime Cove for two days of water park fun. What’s great about Key Lime Cove it that it’s close enough to make it easy to get there quickly. We jumped on I-294 and […]

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Memphis stays true to its roots

Memphis stays true to its roots

April 21, 2015 | Comments (0)

When we started planning our Spring Break trip to Memphis, we realized we could go in so many directions — music, civil rights, nature, sports. Everything was available to us, but with just a few days to explore we had to plan carefully to get everything on the schedule. The beauty of Memphis is that […]

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Spring shows for tweens and teens take center stage

Spring shows for tweens and teens take center stage

April 15, 2015 | Comments (0)

Our girls are tweens now, which means we sit in a strange place when it comes to live theater. They enjoy going to shows, but don’t want to go to the shows for younger kids. Some of the shows that interest them are still a little to “old” for them. Recently a number of shows […]

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Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle a worthy story for tweens and young adults

Gabriel Finley and the Raven’s Riddle a worthy story for tweens and young adults

February 3, 2015 | Comments (0)

What if a riddle could save your life? It’s the question asked on the Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle book cover. It’s also a great teaser for the story so enchanting that it captivated our tween daughters and several adults. Gabriel Finley & the Raven’s Riddle brings together so many elements tweens and teens […]

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Chicago productions heat up in December

Chicago productions heat up in December

November 29, 2014 | Comments (0)

December offers new works and seasonal favorites in Chicago’s theaters. Whether you need a night out, a special gift or a family outing, there’s something for every interest including these family-friendly events. The American Blues Theater brings It’s a Wonderful Life:  Live in Chicago! to stage at the Greenhouse There Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave, […]

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Lexington a great family destination

Lexington a great family destination

October 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

We were looking for a place close enough to visit for a three-day weekend that seemed a world away from our suburban Chicago home. After clicking through a few ideas, we stumbled upon the Kentucky Horse Park. As soon as we found it, our horse-crazy daughters were begging us to take them. Our research started […]

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Two unique places for Halloween fun this October

Two unique places for Halloween fun this October

October 15, 2014 | Comments (0)

When we were children, Halloween was a one-night-only event which involved kids in costumes going door-to-door for candy. Now it’s a monthly-long celebration filled with activities for all ages. This October, the Adler Planetarium and Redmoon Theatre offer two very different ways to celebrate Halloween. The Adler Planetarium invites horror fans 12 years old and […]

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Two new performances worth a family outing

Two new performances worth a family outing

September 18, 2014 | Comments (0)

Our girls are officially tweens now, so it’s harder and harder to keep them entertained. They are too old for children’s theater often, and they are too young for most adult fare. There are two different performances at local theaters right now that are worth a family outing. The Game’s Afoot is a new, award-winning […]

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Fall books for kids of all ages

Fall books for kids of all ages

September 16, 2014 | Comments (0)

Back-to-school means back to nightly reading logs in our house. Our girls are always looking for something fun and new to read. Here are some books to help all your children get back in the school routine. Beginning readers should keep The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School, written by Deborah Diesen with pictures by Dan […]

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Mark your calendars for the Chicago Dancing Festival 2014 outdoor events

Mark your calendars for the Chicago Dancing Festival 2014 outdoor events

July 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

The Chicago Dancing Festival has brought  free, world-class dance performances representing all dance genres to Chicago since 2007. This year the founders Lar Lubovitch and Jay Franke continue the tradition with world premieres, special commissions and two outdoor simulcasts. The first simulcast brings the August 20 Opening Night performances to the Pritzker Pavilion and Great […]

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